Ascoli Piceno is a beautiful Medieval city in Italy’s Marche Region: its skyline is punctured by domes, spires and bell towers and filled with the golden hue of its travertine architecture. The city is surrounded on three sides by the courses of two Rivers, the Tronto and Castellano. The Middle Ages are the focal point of the Marches's history, and...

Italia has many fascinating regional coffee drinks and traditions. Let’s begin at the top of the boot and explore a few. In the Italian northwest Aosta Valley near France and Switzerland, one can enjoy a Caffè alla Valdostana.  This popular coffee drink includes sugar, lemon peel, cloves, cinnamon and juniper.  Traditionally drank from a wooden cup...

“Would you like the nice tomatoes from the farmers or will mine do? They’re just from my garden, they’re not as big,” Chiara, the owner of the small fresh produce store in town, asks me in Italian. “Yours please!” I reply, delighted to be buying casually-organic produce, picked this morning from a garden a few hundred meters from where I stand. We...

The remains of the fabled Basilica of Vitruvius, the first century BC Roman architect who was rediscovered by Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance greats and whose treatise on architecture remained a classic text for centuries, may finally have been discovered at Fano in Marche, archaeologists said saturday.  The Basilica of Vitruvius, which was...

Every year on the evening of 24 January in the central Italian town of Urbania, local schoolteacher Emanuela Forlini cuts a yellow onion into quarters. She then separates out 12 wedges that will form the basis of her local weather predictions for the year ahead. She lays out a slice for each month of the year on her kitchen chopping board, the firs...

Boom of walkers in 2022, +26% compared to last year. There were 4,203 walkers from 57 nations who reached the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi alone, in groups or in the company of their four-legged friends. Data collected by the Statio Peregrinorum, an office of the Basilica of St. Francis, show that the majority of pilgrims, who arrived in Assis...

Since mid-January, the Via Appia regina viarum has officially begun its journey to UNESCO with the signing of the memorandum of understanding for the site's candidacy on the World Heritage List. Aiming at that summa of wonders march new dossiers in the proposal stage, some of them quite advanced. Italy already leads the world with its 58 registered...

The heart of the Borgo is the large central square dominated by the Town Hall, which was built with the civic tower in neo-gothic style in 1931. Next to it, the parish church of Santa Giustina, already attested in 1290, was renovated and elected a Collegiate Church by Pope Urban VIII in 1635. In the elegant cantoria located above the main entrance,...

As a marchigiano (native of le Marche) who lives in this region, I can attest to the Marche’s scenic beauty and culinary tradition. The cuisine is made up of simple and authentic flavors. In most cases, they are built around high-quality ingredients that have been grown and produced locally for generations. Tradition has it that way. In this articl...

Filled with color, grandeur and a playful sense of derision toward class divisions, Italian carnivals are uniquely celebratory. Most regions have more than a few to choose from, so this list isn't comprehensive, but here’s what to expect at some of this year’s showstoppers: Venice, Acireale, Viareggio, Cento, Fano and Crema. One of the oldest among...